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A man was rescued last Thursday, August 8th, from a 140-foot cell tower that he had climbed in a suicide attempt. Chris McDaniel reported for the Yuma Sun that, “The man, who was in his late 50s, climbed up the tower located behind an agriculture business at about 1 p.m. His identity has not been released to the public.”
The man was rescued after almost five hours of tense negotiations. When the Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department was dispatched to the cell tower around 1:17pm, they found the man hanging on to the structure at about 140-feet in the air.
“Corp. Sal Perez, a YCSO Negotiator, boarded the ladder truck platform along with an SCFD firefighter and ascended 100 feet to speak with the man on the tower. Perez talked to the man for over two hours to try and talk him into coming down,” McDaniel reported. Once they got the man down to the ground, they put multiple IVs into his arm in an attempt to cool him off.